Legendary actor Robert de Niro gave students at rude awakening when he bluntly told them that their prospects are limited - but, he also managed to inspire hope and confidence with his uplifting speech.
The Academy Award winner was the keynote speaker at Tisch's School of the Arts graduation ceremony on Friday.
The 71-year-old shocked the 2015 class when he told graduates, "Congratulations. You made it...and you're f*cked."
An audible cheer erupted as he continued his witty and tongue-in-cheek speech.
"Passion should always trump common sense. You aren't just following dreams, you're reaching for your destiny."
"Yep, you're f*cked. But that's not a bad place to start. Your path is clear - not easy, but clear. You have to keep working, it's that simple."
“A new door is opening for you. A door to a lifetime of rejection,” he said. “It’s inevitable. It’s what graduates call the real world. … How do you cope with it? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work.”